lightspeed_64_september_2015The September 2015 issue of Lightspeed Magazine, has my story “The Iron Hut“.  It’s available as a free read and as a bonus, there’s an interview with me (by Sandra Odell).  Here’s the opening:


When they unearthed the mysterious shard, a sense of excitement rippled through the archaeological camp. They were onto something staggering. Professor Leopold Watson arrived first and examined the shard with reverent care. Kilwa Kivinje had disappeared into antiquity with no clues as to its whereabouts. Despite his colleagues’ skepticism, he was certain that the forgotten city was here—not far from the Olduvai Gorge—and this shard was the first evidence he’d seen that he was on the right track. Though anxious to send a report to the Associated Press, he opted to hold off until they knew what they were dealing with.

Leopold removed his broad-rimmed hat long enough to wipe the sweat from his scalp then tucked his few gray tufts of hair back under its protection. Small-framed glasses fixed to the bridge of his nose. Leopold possessed a thin face with weary creases radiating from his deep-recessed eyes. Miskatonic University, a small—though storied—university, couldn’t finance the expedition without the aid of the Nathaniel Derby Pickman Foundation. Dealing with the Foundation meant suffering their representative, Stanley McKreager. His crooked smile, as if he never quite got the hang of it, greeted the slow approach of his colleague.



You can find the ebook edition in their ebookstore. If you click-through to the ebook page, you can see what else is in this month’s issue alongside my story.  Need some convincing?:

  • The Ninth Seduction
    by Sean McMullen (available on 9/8)
  • Estella Saves the Village
    by Theodora Goss (available on 9/15)
  • Werewolf Loves Mermaid
    by Heather Lindsley (available on 9/22)


  • Editorial, September 2015
    by John Joseph Adams
  • Movie Review: MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
    by Carrie Vaughn (available on 9/8)
  • Book Reviews, September 2015
    by Amal El-Mohtar (available on 9/15)
  • Interview: Ken Liu
    by The Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy (available on 9/22)


  • NOVELLA: Milo and Sylvie
    by Eliot Fintushel
  • NOVEL EXCERPT: Walk on Earth a Stranger
    by Rae Carson
  • NOVEL EXCERPT: The Traitor Baru Cormorant
    by Seth Dickinson

This month’s issue is (or will be shortly) also available on Amazon, BN, Kobo, and Weightless Books. Links to the third-party seller editions can be found on the following page, if you click on the Purchase/Subscribe button.


By the way, in case you missed it, here’s my live chat on Dive into Worldbuilding.  Check it out if you’re interested in me going on about World Building.